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At Kelley, Teamwork Pays Off

Evan Kaufman

BS'12, Business Economics and Public Policy

Evan Kaufman

“I came to IU for the opportunity to study at one of the nation’s top business schools, play for one of the premier division-one rugby programs in the United States, and have a true college experience.”

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Teamwork, persistence, and confidence. That combination pays off for Evan Kaufman on the rugby field and at the Kelley School of Business.

“I was not a direct admit to Kelley,” Kaufman says. But, he chose to come to Indiana University from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, due to confidence developed on the rugby field.

“Rugby taught me that if you invest energy and commitment to any goal, it will make a positive impact,” Kaufman says. “I came to IU for the opportunity to study at one of the nation’s top business schools, play for one of the premier division-one rugby programs in the United States, and have a true college experience. Once on campus, I earned my way into the Business School.”

Kaufman worked his way to the top— he’s president of the IU Men’s Rugby Team, a senior in the Business Honors Program studying Business Economics & Public Policy Analysis and he’s involved in the Investment Banking Workshop—an exclusive Kelley program teaching students to “play the game of investment banking,” considered one of the most competitive careers in the world.

Investment Banking Workshop

“The Investment Banking Workshop has been my single greatest academic involvement at Kelley,” Kaufman says. “The career-focused program consists of outstanding students with exceptional resources, all headed on the same career trajectory. I’ve met many of my best friends through this program.”

Again, the competitive skills honed in rugby transfer to Kaufman’s competitive business interests.

“Athletics runs a huge parallel to intense careers such as investment banking,” Kaufman says. “Rugby encourages remarkable teamwork towards a common goal. One of the greatest assets of the Kelley School is the amount of teamwork students are required to undertake.

From Oxford to the White House to New York City

The competitive experiences gained during his time at Kelley have given Kaufman a leg up. He’s interacted with leading business executives at the Princeton Business Today International Conference, studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Oxford, and gained a diverse set of valuable real-world work experiences.

“I’ve worked for Vector Marketing in sales, on a congressional re-election campaign, and for the National Economic Council at the White House,” Kaufman says. “I’ve been very fortunate to work on issues important to the future of our country.”

As one of the few interns chosen to work at the White House, Kaufman gained a unique perspective on his educational interests—how public policy influences the business arena.

“The NEC is a fast-paced environment,” Kaufman says. “It’s also high pressure, because Americans are counting on us to make the correct recommendations to the president.”

But there was fun along the way, too—Kaufman beat out other White House interns to play an Easter Bunny at the annual Easter Egg Roll, welcoming 30,000 people to the White House back lawn and appearing on the Today Show.

For his next internship, Kaufman stepped out of the public sector to work for the investment banking division of Jefferies & Company in New York City, further preparing him for his plan to begin his career in investment banking before returning to serve the public sector.

Kelley Helps Open Doors

“Every experience I’ve had continues to open up more and more doors,” Kaufman says of his time at Kelley, from the camaraderie of his classroom and Investment Banking Workshop team experiences, to Kelley’s alumni network—the largest business school network in the world at nearly 100,000 strong. “One of the biggest strengths at Kelley is our loyal alumni base. My success in landing an offer on Wall Street is deeply rooted in these extremely helpful individuals.”

Upon graduation, Kaufman will start as a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Lazard Freres & Co. in New York City.

Published October 13, 2011